Odegaard’s Arsenal stint
Martin Odegaard would, of course, join Arsenal in the winter window after spending much of the first half of 2020/21 in a bit-part role with Real Madrid.
During his stint at the Emirates, though, Odegaard had become an essential part of Mikel Arteta’s set-up.
The Norwegian’s clear quality shone through and he provided some much-needed creativity in Arsenal’s final third, including providing two assists in his last two league outings.
Odegaard’s exploits also saw him earn his first first-ever Arsenal Player of the Month award in April:
🏆 You voted this man as your Player of the Month for March!
Congratulations, Martin 🇳🇴
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 1, 2021
What Arsenal must pay for Martin Odegaard
Odegaard’s future at the Emirates, though, remains up in the air at present.
The 22-year-old has now returned to Real Madrid after the expiration of his loan.
When quizzed on Arsenal potentially getting Odegaard back in north London next summer, Arteta had this to say following the Gunners’ win over Brighton:
“Well, we have a very clear and strong opinion on what we would like to do, but he’s not our player. We will have to discuss in the next few weeks what and respect first of all because he’s a Real Madrid player and have those communications.”
Now, reports stemming from Spain suggest that Los Blancos are opening to parting with Odegaard for the right price.
That price, though, does look to be a significant one. According to Spanish outlet Defense Central:
The future of Martin Odegaard is on the table. The Norwegian midfielder can leave Real Madrid this summer if an offer equal to or greater than 60 million euros arrives. It is the minimum figure that the white club establishes to negotiate the departure of the Norwegian.